Top Ten Things to do in Perth with a Campervan

We’ve covered what to see and do in the capital, so let’s round out the best regional attractions for a campervan trip.

Albany (420 km from Perth)

While this historic port city isn’t easy on the eye, there’s ample beauty outside town. Torndirrup National Park is packed with cragged cliffs and granite outcrops, while Two Peoples Bay boasts a breathtakingly beautiful beach. Then, head north to Porongurup and the Stirling Ranges for mind-blowing—albeit demanding—mountainous hikes.

Denmark & Walpole (420 km from Perth)

The hippy hamlet of Denmark is furnished with atmospheric forests and turquoise-tinged beaches, including the outrageously scenic Greens Pool and Madfish Bay in William Bay National Park. Venture west to Walpole to walk through the canopy at the Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk.

Dwellingup (108 km from Perth)

Dense woodlands and tranquil rivers surround the cute little town of Dwellingup. Head to nearby Lane Poole Reserve to camp amid the pines or kayak, hike, and bike in a spectacular setting.

Esperance (714 km from Perth)

Visually captivating Esperance is worth the drive for the aqua-blue dreamscape extending west from town. After soaking up some sun on Twilight Beach and the Blue Lagoon, venture out to Cape Le Grand to admire some of Australia’s most incredible stretches of shimmering white sand.

Kalbarri National Park (575 km from Perth)

Dramatic gorges slice through this magnificent national park's striped red and white landscape. The laidback town of the same name sports cragged cliffs and stunning beaches with booming surf breaks.

Mandurah (70 km from Perth)

The old-school resort town of Mandurah still lays on the coastal charm. Beautiful beaches, ritzy mansion-lined canals, and a lively hospitality sector make it a favourite among holidaymakers from Perth.

Margaret River (275 km from Perth)

There’s so much more to Margaret River and the South West than its world-renowned wineries. So pull up a towel on Meelup’s breathtaking beaches or hop between lookouts on Cape Naturaliste. Spectacular caves, lush forested hikes, and laid-back coastal towns give cause to linger longer than planned.

Ningaloo Marine Park (1,260 km from Perth)

WA’s answer to the Great Barrier Reef, this marine life-rich reserve is home to unspoiled kaleidoscopic corals. Snorkel along the shore to spot curious ocean-dwelling critters or jump on a tour to swim with a majestic whale shark.

The Pinnacles (190 km from Perth)

Otherworldly limestone pillars punctuate the arid landscape in the spellbinding Nambung National Park. A well-marked 2WD-accessible track lets you admire these twisted spires from the comfort of your air-conditioned camper.

Shark Bay (760 km from Perth)

This rugged, wind-swept region boasts bountiful marine life and postcard-perfect beaches. Watch the dolphins frolic in Monkey Mia, kick back in cosy Denham, and see the scenery unfold from the lookouts en route.

The Perth Experience

So you’ve decided to book a campervan rental in Perth! Now it’s time to explore. Perth boasts a lively cultural scene and encompasses a bewildering array of campsites within a few hours’ drive of the CBD. Most first-time campervan holidaymakers spend two or three days checking out Perth’s major sites like Kings Park and Botanic Garden, Elizabeth Quay and Perth Zoo.

Perth CBD skyline

A trip to Perth would only be complete with relaxing on its beautiful beaches. The most emblematic option is Cottesloe Beach, a sparkling sugary white strip not far north of Freo. However, stunning sandy stretches run along the metropolitan coastline, from Yanchep to Coogee. And you’ll find even better beaches at Rottnest Island, or just “Rotto”, a jaw-dropping offshore island half an hour from Fremantle by ferry - you’ll have to leave your motorhome rental behind for the day, though, as no vehicles are allowed on the island.

Rottnest Island, WA

Don’t leave without snapping a selfie with a charming quokka! Forget about trying to get it to say “cheese” to smile. They'll do it without any prompt! One of the most outstanding characteristics of the quokka is its grin. Quokkas continually exhibit a content expression. It can vary from a slight smirk to a broad grin, but it's always present and adorable.

A quokka on Rottnest Island

Perth is the perfect jumping-off point for exploring the WA’s southern sections by a motorhome rental, such as Margaret River, Albany and Esperance. Because most of the best natural attractions and national parks don’t have permanent on-site accommodation, travelling by motorhome is your best option - whether you’re cruising in a little nimble campervan or an enormous 6-berth RV rental.

Margaret River vineyards south of Perth

Campervanning is a popular pastime in WA, which means you’ll find adequate RV infrastructure—dump points and water refills throughout the state. Motorhome-friendly campsites in Perth range from low-cost or free bush camps (BYO everything) to decked-out camper parks with swimming pools, kid’s playgrounds, and bars.

Pink Lake, Western Australia

Perth City

Snaking through the city centre is the Swan River, an iconic watercourse perfect for kayaking and sailing. Nature lovers mustn’t miss Kings Park, a sprawling inner-city sanctuary where scenic walking trails boast breathtaking skyline views. Spend a day in the CBD to savour its eclectic café scene and peruse the top WA museums, including Boola Bardip and the Art Gallery of Western Australia. Wandering south leads you to the glistening Elizabeth Quay, where you’ll find the landmark Bell Tower and the leafy Supreme Court Gardens.

Kings Park, Perth

Perth Surrounds

A 30-minute campervan drive southwest leads you to Fremantle, a hip, historic city with a charming colonial-era vibe. First, take a tour of the grisly Fremantle Prison to learn about Australia’s dark convict past, then hit the Maritime Museum and Shipwrecks Museum for engaging nautical exhibits. “Freo,” as the locals call it, is a thriving hospitality hub—there’s ample opportunity to eat, drink, and be merry.